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    Road Biking Essentials

    The best stuff for racing and city riding.
    Aaron Gulley

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    Smith PivLock Arena Max sunglasses

    We love Smith’s classic frameless PivLock ($239) design for its feathery feel and quick lens changes. The new Arena Max has additional Velcro-like grip at the nose and temples, and it’s compatible with more helmets, thanks to shorter, thinner arms.

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    Castelli Free Aero Race bibs

    With a yoke-style harness that lies flat and comfortable, lightweight mesh leg grippers, and an extremely plush, seamless chamois, this is definitely the highest-quality bib ($199) for your dollars.

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    Louis Garneau Course Air Lite shoes

    Not only are these double-Boa-closure shoes ($380) some of the lightest we’ve tried (our size 42’s weigh less than a water bottle), but the mesh in the upper and vents in the sole kept our feet cool even when the mercury hit the mid-nineties.

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    POC AVIP Short Sleeve jersey

    Only the Swedes can make traffic-cone orange sexy. Combining bright panels with clean lines and smart details—like the reflective back patch and internal zip pocket—the AVIP ($170) keeps you safe in style.

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    Lazer Genesis Lifebeam helmet

    Kiss your old chest strap goodbye. With an optical sensor embedded in the brow pad and a small rechargeable battery out back, the Genesis Lifebeam ($230) measures and wirelessly transmits your heart rate to your smartphone—all while protecting against crashes.

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    Rapha Brevet jersey and gilet

    The stylish merino-poly jersey ($265) is built for long days, with five pockets and reflective stripes; the vest bumps up visibility even more.

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    Giro Bib 2.0 Undershort

    With three rear pockets for carrying tubes, a pump, and other essentials, these under-bibs ($130) can support long days in the saddle. But they’re also lightweight, with a thin but comfy pad, so you can wear them under street clothes.

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    Oakley Sliver sunglasses

    Forgo the fitness-goon look and slip on these stylish, high-performing shades ($130), with impact-resistant synthetic frames and shatterproof lenses good enough for the brightest days.

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    Kitsbow Haskell shorts

    The knee-length Haskells ($165) are constructed from a rugged DWR-coated stretch nylon that won’t catch, bind, or stain. The tailoring is exceptional: when we wore them to the bar, no one realized they were made for cycling.

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    Rapha Climber’s shoes

    We love the retro look of the synthetic upper and the three Velcro closures, but this ($400) is no throwback: it has a thin carbon sole for efficient pedaling and an adjustable-arch cork footbed.


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